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Road Justin Bieber has finally shaved off his rat 'stache

Road Thirteen Russian children have been united with their adoptive parents in Sweden, ten months after they were denied the opportunity due to Russia's ban on adoption rights to countries with gay marriage.

Robbie-rogers-greb-berlantiRoad Arrow creator Greg Berlanti on his relationship with soccer star Robbie Rogers: "I’m absolutely crazy in love with him so I don’t think too much about all that stuff. I just try to live my life and I know he does too, like two people who are really happy and healthy and a relationship that we both feel really blessed about."

Road A look at Deborah Penny - the UK's first transgender soldier serving on the Army's front line

Road Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are reportedly having marriage troubles and have been living apart for months. 

Road Is Beyoncé photoshopping her Instagram pictures?

Road ISIS reportedly demanded a multimillion dollar ransom from the U.S. before killing journalist James Foley. 

Road Australian politician Dave Tollner apologizes after calling the gay son of a fellow politician Gary Higgins a "pillow biter"

Road PenceIndiana Gov. Mike Pence has been stripped of immunity from lawsuit challenging state's ban on gay marriage by federal judge who threw out the ban in court this week. Judge Richard Young ruled that Pence's actions telling the court that he had no power to enforce Indiana’s gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject were "a bold misrepresentation" and "at a minimum, troubling." 

Road Chris Pratt dressed up as his Guardians of the Galaxy character to cheer up sick children in the hospital. 

Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez have officially "broken up"

Dublin is leading the way on civil partnerships - with nearly 3,000 people having entered into the unions since Ireland's Civil Partnership Act went into effect spring 2011.

Road Introducing the Pop-Up Gay Bar. "During the first wave of dot-coms in the early 2000s, it was known as Guerrilla Queer Bar, but the basic premise remains consistent. Via a group e-mail list, members can organize or join an outing where they take over a venue with a group of fellow members, all for the joy of getting away from their usual watering holes with some newly made friends. Guerrilla Queer Bar arose not only from a desire for new frontiers but also a sense of displacement that was occurring during a time of rent hikes and shutterings of long-established businesses."

Road B. K. S. Iyengar, the man regarded by many as the father of modern yoga, has died at the age of 95.

Road Check out The Prospectives - a Brooklyn-based serialized story told through Instagram photos.

Road Is The Laramie Project a "convenient untruth"? - "Even though Matthew’s murder was not a gay hate crime, it’s not as if there were no others so society was off the hook and compunction was uncalled for. As a dramatic synecdoche for necessary truth, therefore, The Laramie Project is not an erroneous fiction. Shaping moral meaning from myth, legend, and metaphor is what theater has done for ages. The Laramie Project belongs to that noble canon."

Road PaperMissouri's Columbia Daily Tribune is under fire for publishing cartoon about Ferguson demonstrators that many are calling racist. 

Road Does the MPAA have a problem with gay-related films?

Road LGBT Whisper users share first-hand stories of anti-gay discrimination at restaurants and businesses.

Road A South Carolina teen was arrested and suspended from school for writing about shooting a pet dinosaur. 

Road Does a big wedding mean a happier marriage? "[The report] found that among couples with 150 or more guests at their wedding, 47 percent reported having a high quality marriage in the years that followed. But only 31 percent of couples with weddings attended by 50 or fewer people said they were happily married later on. Couples that held medium-sized weddings -- 51 to 149 guests -- were not much more fulfilled: only 37 percent reported having a marriage they felt would endure."

Road The FBI is warning that Lyle Marvin "Ty" Hoffman, the man wanted in connection to the death of gay Minnesota activist Kelly Phillips, may be using Grindr and Scruff to find shelter. 

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  1. "pillow biter"?? Where did that expression come from and what does it mean?

    Posted by: Joel | Aug 21, 2014 3:56:09 PM

  2. Who decided that Matthew Shepard's murder wasn't a hate crime?

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Aug 21, 2014 4:22:17 PM

  3. That crap book was debunked last year. Why is it even news now?

    Posted by: CoopersDads | Aug 21, 2014 4:24:29 PM

  4. CoopersDads, two words: click bait.

    That's what this site is slowly evolving into.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 21, 2014 4:28:02 PM

  5. regarding large wedding. my cousin's had close to 700 in Houston, people flew in from Alaska to Austria. the wedding lasted 18 months. sorta forgot to talk about having kids. he yes, she no. I guess he fell into the 53 or so percent... but it was a hell on a wedding

    Posted by: titus | Aug 21, 2014 4:28:27 PM

  6. Oh Joel, it's one of the words straights like to use for us. It's their belief that during anal sex, the bottom is lying face down on a pillow. I feel sorry for straight women.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 21, 2014 4:29:16 PM

  7. Really? Put in handcuffs and suspended from school for writing he killed his neighbor's pet DINOSAUR? That student's teacher should be placed immediately in the remedial class - not as teacher, but as a student! Really, such idiocy is astounding.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Aug 21, 2014 4:43:33 PM

  8. If there is evidence that ancient men and dinosaurs lived together just a few thousand years ago, I think concerns about a kid shooting one--not even his own, but the property of a neighbor--are understandable. The teacher and police were simply responding from a position of Deeply Held Sincere Personal Religious Beliefs.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Aug 21, 2014 4:54:43 PM

  9. The Big Wedding story is from Brad Wilcox of the National Marriage Project. He was one of the conservative promoters of Regnerus and is connected with the Witherspoon Instutute.

    Take with a HUGE pound of salt.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 21, 2014 4:55:39 PM

  10. "The Book of Matt" is CRAP!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 21, 2014 4:56:30 PM

  11. If you're gonna insult gay men, I actually prefer "pillow biter" and "shirt lifter" to "fag"...

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 21, 2014 5:01:16 PM

  12. How could that kid shoot that poor innocent dinosaur? What did it ever do to him?

    Posted by: Bollox | Aug 21, 2014 5:45:40 PM

  13. @ BOBN - I'm sort of fond of "butt pirate".

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 21, 2014 5:47:07 PM

  14. Towleroad should Ask Rev. Jesse Jackson about his ISIS connection...

    Posted by: rochon | Aug 21, 2014 7:51:12 PM

  15. Gee, might the whole "not feeling as fulfilled" thing with marriages have anything to do with the fact that people throwing big, lavish weddings likely already have a whole lot more money than people who can't afford them (and may well be troubled with issues like monetary concerns that affect how "fulfilled" they feel)?

    How about a study to see if the top 1% take more fun vacations than the bottom 50%? I'm sure the results will be equally earth-shatteringly surprising.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Aug 21, 2014 8:10:42 PM

  16. I'd like to post a comment on the pix of Chris Pratt visiting the LA Children's Hospital, but I've got something in my eye and can't see too clearly right now.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Aug 21, 2014 8:39:27 PM

  17. Sure, today it's dinosaurs he kills, but tommorrow....??? They say serial killers start by killing animals.


    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 21, 2014 8:56:52 PM

  18. Oh joy...Steve Jimenez is responding to the few comments allowed past the moderators at DC Metro Theater Arts, by attacking the Media Matters debunking of his book as "a total fraud". "They never offered a shred of evidence to refute my findings."

    Evidence...according to who? Hahahahaha... A good conspiracy theorist is someone who can say with a straight face about the sinking of the Titanic "there was no iceberg" and then insist that all that water being there at just that very moment when the Titanic sank is proof that the sinking was deliberate plot.

    Posted by: Bruce Garrett | Aug 21, 2014 9:14:09 PM

  19. "Justin Bieber has finally shaved off his rat 'stache. "

    He's actually more horrifying now.

    I feel genuinely sad for him.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 21, 2014 11:00:38 PM

  20. Justin looks like a gorgeous lesbian in that pic. He should just embrace his androgyny. It suits him.

    Posted by: fern | Aug 21, 2014 11:19:13 PM

  21. First of all, a story is fiction, OK? That means it's made up. The inability to discern fiction from reality seems to be a no brainer, but a big problem in South Carolina. And to arrest and handcuff the kid? Are we living in a police state now?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 22, 2014 7:43:43 AM

  22. Yes we are living in a police state now, especially if your black.

    Posted by: terryp | Aug 22, 2014 12:02:59 PM

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